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The Insertion Palette pane in the TestStand Sequence Editor and the TestStand User Interface displays items you can insert into a sequence file. The pane contains a Step Types list, a Templates list, and an IO Configurations list. The Step Types list displays the step type menu, and the Templates list displays user-defined template sequences, steps, and variables. The IO Configurations list displays a list of currently exported IO Configuration files.
|Note The IO Configurations list is available only in 64-bit TestStand.|
The Step Types list contains the step types from the loaded type palette files specified in the Types window and from the active Sequence File window. Before you insert a step that can use any module adapter, such as the Action, Numeric Limit Test, Multiple Numeric Limit Test, String Value Test, and Pass/Fail Test step types, you must select an adapter by clicking on an adapter icon above the Step Types list. You can customize the structure of the Step Type list menu in the Step Type Menu Editor dialog box by selecting Customize from the context menu of the Step Types list. You can also specify which adapters are available using the Adapter Configuration dialog box. TestStand stores the settings for the Step Types list, including any customizations to the list of steps or available adapters, in the <TestStand Application Data>\Cfg\GeneralEngine.cfg file.
|Note Any changes you make to GeneralEngine.cfg affect the TestStand Sequence Editor and any custom TestStand User Interfaces that use the Insertion Palette or the Insert Step submenu of the Steps pane context menu.|
Use the Templates list to hold copies of steps, variables, and sequences you reuse during the development of sequence files. For example, you can add a step that calls a specific LabVIEW VI you typically use or a sequence that contains common setup steps, cleanup steps, and local variables.
Drag steps from the Steps pane, variables from the Variables pane, and sequences from the Sequences pane and drop them on the Templates list to add steps, variables, or sequences to the Templates list. Use the context menu to rename, copy, paste, delete, import, and export the items in the Templates list. You can drag and drop items to rearrange the list. Select Insert Folder from the context menu to add folders to the list. TestStand stores the settings for the Templates list, including any modifications to the list, in the <TestStand Application Data>\Cfg\Templates.ini file.
You must drag a sequence, step, or variable from the Templates list to a sequence file, make changes, drag the item back to the Templates list, and delete the original item from the Templates list to edit the item.
Step templates differ from custom step types, which have similar functionality but different use cases.
The IO Configurations list contains the exported IO Configuration files that are present in the %public%\Documents\National Instruments\TestStand\Shared\IO Configurations\ folder. For any IO Configuration file, you can see all the IO sessions defined in it by clicking Expand. The IO Configurations list reflects the state of the folder. For example, when you add a new IO Configuration file to the folder, the IO Configurations list updates to include the new file. If you delete an existing IO Configuration file from the folder, the IO Configurations list updates to remove the IO Configuration. Renaming an IO configuration within the IO Configurations list renames the file in the folder.
You can perform the following operations on an IO Configuration in the IO Configurations list:
|Note You cannot undo the delete operation.|
|Note InstrumentStudio 2019 is the only supported editor in TestStand 2019.|
You can use one of the following operations to insert a step from the Step Types list to the Steps pane, or a sequence, step, and variable from the Templates list to the Sequences, Steps, and Variables panes: